Author: Ronman

Mac Sabbath 03/09/16: The Social – Orlando, FL

California’s own Mac Sabbath made their way to Florida to deliver their Drive-Thru Metal to a very appreciative Downtown Orlando crowd.

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Mac Sabbath is a solid, Black Sabbath tribute band with a decidedly twisted twist. They change all of the song titles and lyrics to tributize fast food. Take Iron Man, it’s called Frying Pan. Fairies Wear Boots is, Cherries Are Fruits and well, you get the picture.

Ronald Osborne delivers a very Ozzy performance, but in a Ronald McDonald clown suit. Lead guitar is Slayer Mac Cheeze. Bass is Grimalice. Drums are the Cat Burglar.

The show was outstanding and for having to wear those cumbersome costumes, the musicians were top notch. I never figured they would come to Florida, but they did. I’m glad I got to see this spectacle Live and in person.

Local Orlando band American Party Machine got the party started with their high energy American Party songs. At the end of their set, they threw the Burger King through a table WWE style. That set the tone for the night.

Whitesnake 08/03/15: Hard Rock Live – Orlando, Florida

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David Coverdale and Whitesnake rolled into The Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Monday night in support of Whitesnake’s new album Purple. An album of Deep Purple songs covering the era in which David Coverdale fronted Deep Purple (’73-’76).

Soon to be 64 years old, Coverdale has definitely lost a great deal of his vocal range. However, his loss of vocal range did not affect his ability to charm the crowd. His frontman skills are still sharp and his vocals were on par with what you might expect from an old rocker. He delivered a top notch performance. Don’t expect a David Lee Roth type of debacle. Coverdale delivered the goods.

Whitesnake is virtually an all star band including Drum legend Tommy Aldridge. Aldridge was on fire and put on a clinic for what hard rock drumming is about. He’ll be 65 years old next week. (Aug. 15) OMG!!!

Without pulling up a setlist (you can find it online) I can tell you that Whitesnake played all of their big hit songs, much to the appreciation of the SRO crowd. They opened with a Deep Purple song called “Burn”. The only one I knew. It was fast, furious and set the tempo for the night. They played 4 other Purple songs as well as a dual guitar solo and Tommy Aldridge’s legendary drum solo.

David Coverdale knew what his audience wanted though, And using his words, “Let’s blow the fucking roof off of this place.” They did just that. One big hit right after another.

If this show already came to your town and you skipped it, sorry about your luck. You missed a good one. If your town is still on the list, make a point to check this show out.

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The Rolling Stones 06/12/15: Orlando Citrus Bowl – Orlando Florida

Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!!!

Florida was lucky to get one of the limited dates for the Zip Code North American Tour 2015. Orlando was even luckier to be chosen for the date. Luckier still, was my wife Lynn, to have won 2 tickets from WMMO to be able to attend the show.

The newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl filled with approx. 47,000 fans, played host to The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour.

The show was everything you might expect from The Stones. Big, loud, bright, and did I mention big? It was huge! The production was nothing short of astronomical. Stage, light and sound were epic. Every sound, every vocal, was crystal clear. And for a stadium, that’s saying something. I saw the Stones back in ’89 in Tampa Stadium, and it sounded like garbage.

The band’s performance was also what you might expect from a Stones band whose band members average at the age of 70. They aren’t youngsters, to be sure. Mick sang, he yelled, he barked vocals. However, he has not lost a step when it comes to his moves on stage. He is still the best frontman in the business. Maybe Mick should try out for Van Halen. DLR wishes he was half as good.

You could tell, (thanks to the 3 gigantic HD Jumbotrons) that the boys were all having a blast together on stage. Smiling faces all over the stage. Even 74 year old Charlie Watts managed to crack a smile every now and then.

The highlite of the show for me was the first song of their encore. The University of Central Florida’s Choral Group delivered a chilling performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Absolutely brilliant.

Another show stealer was Lisa Fischer, whose soaring vocals on “Gimme Shelter” made the place blow up.

If your city was lucky enough to have been selected for this tour, you should definitely try to catch this show. This very well could be the last chance anyone gets to see and hear The Rolling Stones LIVE.

Or at least until the next retirement tour.

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Volbeat 05/29/12: House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Volbeat @ House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, Florida 05/29/12
With Eye Empire and Gorillafight

Words by Ronman

Up until just several weeks ago, I had no idea who Volbeat was. No clue. A friend of mine turned me onto this Danish Metal act. This friend of mine has been absolutely geeking out on this band, so I had to give them a listen. As it turned out, their song, “Warrior’s Call”, has been getting some serious air time on WJRR, our local rock station. I had heard the song, just had no idea who it was.

With the crowd warmed up after sets by Gorillafight and Eye Empire, the packed HOB exploded when Guitarist/Lead Vocalist Michael Poulsen  stepped up to the mic and shouted the words made famous by ring announcer Michael Buffer, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!” How ballsy is that? To open your set with the song everyone in the place knows you for instead of saving it for an encore, like most bands would. “Warriors Call” started what would be a blistering 90 minutes of what I can only describe as Johnny Cash meets Elvis meets Metallica on steroids.

I wish I could tell you their set list, but I don’t know any of the song titles. I can tell you that they really don’t have a “new” album they’re touring for. Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, is their latest and was released in 2010. I guess with their star just now rising, they don’t really need to release anything new just yet. They have 4 albums of material in which to choose songs from. They did a ripping cover of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You.” I was just standing there with my jaw on the floor.

Volbeat’s entire set was nonstop action. The floor was a working mosh pit, which surprised me. When I saw Anthrax w/Testament at HOB back in November ’11, that behavior was not tolerated. At one point, Poulsen stage dived and surfed the crowd. It was a raucous and very appreciative crowd. They were eating it up. Michael Poulsen’s voice was strong. Not very many singers sound like their records, live. He does! The drummer, Jon Larsen is incredible. Bassist, Anders Kjølholm was all over the stage. The lead guitarist is a fill in, as their main lead player left the band late last year. The fill in Lead guitar player is none other than Hank Shermann from Danish rockers Mercyful Fate, King Diamond’s band.

HOB was the second to the last stop on the current leg of this tour. They are in Ft. Lauderdale tonight. They take a few weeks off and then they are back on the road for another North American tour. Look them up, check them out. I don’t often give recommendations. I hate most new/current bands. These guys kick ass!

 

 

Anthrax with Death Angel and Testament: House of Blues – Orlando, FL 11/01/11

Anthrax with Death Angel and Testament

House of Blues, Orlando Florida 11/01/11

Words/Photos by Ron Man

I’m not going to bore you with the history of Anthrax. For that you can go to Wikipedia.
I will say that after the departure of lead singer, Joey Belladonna in ’92, I was really no longer a fan. For me, it was kind of like when David Lee Roth was out of Van Halen, the magic was gone. The difference being, Van Halen went on to be an even more successful band with out Dave. Whereas, Anthrax with out Joey… well… not so much.

Fast forward nearly two decades.
I started hearing the buzz about the new Anthrax record, Worship Music, and got excited. My excitement rested mostly with the fact that Joey Belladonna was back and was as awesome as he ever was. I don’t buy new music anymore, just not interested. However, I rushed out and bought this one. I was not disappointed. I am not writing a review of the new record, but I have to say that it is definitely the best thing to come out of the Anthrax camp in 20 years. This should win the album of the year, hands down!

With that said, it was announced that Anthrax would be hitting my city. Awesome! I am there!

Death Angel was half way through their set when I walked in. I have to say, I’m not really familiar with them or their music. It was heavy, it was thrashing. The bottom end was a bit too heavy in the mix. The mega double bass hits were a bit much.

Again with history lessons, I’m not going to get into the history of Testament. Once again, check out Wikipedia for that.
These guys were arguably one of the best bands of the Thrash Metal genre.
These guys brought their “A” game tonight and were just killing it! Singer Chuck Billy was awesome and you could just see it that he was having a blast! Alex Skolnick was shredding like it was 1987! As awesome as it was, I was most impressed with the fact that all these guys are my age (mid to late 40’s) and were still blasting it out like they were 20. At this point I figured, Anthrax was going to have to be amazing. There’s no way I would want to have to follow Testament. They were that good.

Anthrax started their set with Earth On Hell from their new record and they owned the room the rest of the night. Typical of an Anthrax show, it was non stop high energy!

Joey was spot on with his vocals. Charlie is nothing short of a monster on the drums. Scott and Frank were all over the place. Guitarist Rob Caggiono was fantastic and the only non original member of the band. However, he’s been with these guys for nearly ten years, so he’s hardly new. As I stated earlier, the fact that these guys are my age and older, just blows me away. Although, Rob is a youngster at 34. They delivered a performance that guys half their age could only dream of.

Anthrax played 5 songs from their new record as well as 5 songs from their smash “Among The Living”. A couple from “State Of Euphoria” and some classics like Metal Thrashing Mad and Madhouse. There were no John Bush era songs performed. Thank God!

Anyone that has been to a HOB show knows that security is tight and any “Not Mouse Approved” behavior will not be tolerated. So the mosh pit action was virtually non-existant. People were getting ejected. However, during the song “Indians” Joey pleaded with security to let the people rip it up and with the cry, “WAR DANCE!!!” the place erupted into what could be best described as a giant, swirling washing machine effect. It was a sight to behold. Crowd surfing and all. Indeed, it was just like 1987!

In just what seemed like 10 minutes, the 90 minute set was over. Anthrax lived up to everything I had hoped they would be. They blew the roof off of the joint. If you get the chance to see this show, do it! You will not be disappointed. Additionally, go out and BUY the new CD. It’s the best thing out there right now.

Sorry my pictures are lousy. That’s all I got!

Ratt @ The House Of Blues Downtown Disney July 15, 2010

 

I had no intention of even going to this concert until I found out that my friend’s band was the opener. I got free tickets!
  
Ratt. They were big in the 80’s. I was a huge fan of their “Out of The Cellar” LP. “Round And Round”, “Lack Of Communication”, “Back For More”, “Wanted Man”, all great tunes. That was 1984. Their next effort, “Invasion Of Your Privacy” was a bit light for my tastes as I had since discovered Anthrax and Metallica. So, Ratt was all but a passing fad in my opinion. Part of the Hair Metal movement that I didn’t particularly care about. They had a string of popular songs through the 80’s and like most Metal bands of the era, they died a slow painful death as Grunge took over.
 
So, now it’s 2010. Ratt has resurfaced with a new album. “Infestation”. Former Quiet Riot guitarist, Carlos Cavazo is now in the line up replacing some replacements for the late Robbin Crosby. Stephen Pearcy, is he sober or not? You hear things, people talk. Anyway, I was interested as much as I was skeptical about how this was going to turn out.
  
The night started as you might expect with a show at The House of Blues at Disney’s Downtown West Side, with a line of people wrapped completely around the building. It also began as you might expect on a July afternoon in Central Florida, thunderstorms. Naturally, there’s no cover to stand under and of course, they didn’t open the doors to let folks in. Not even on time. So everyone got a good soaking before entering. At least The HOB has an awesome a/c system because once you got inside, you were wet AND freezing!
  
My friend’s band, Dirrty Hairy started promptly at 8:30 PM. Dirrty Hairy is an Orlando based Hair Metal tribute band. They’re an 80’s cover band. I think it worked out well. DH primed the capacity crowd with big hair 80’s metal. You can check them out at www.hair-metal.com they did a 45 minute set that started with Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” and ended with some Gun’s and Roses. It was 1987 all over again!
 
Ratt took the stage and started playing hit after hit. The sound was pretty good and you could hear everything clearly, except for Stephen Pearcy. I think that was by design though. The man just can’t sing his own songs very well anymore I guess. He can’t hit the notes. The rest of the band members were awesome and their singing ability pretty much carried Pearcy. They played some selections off of their new record too. Although, I couldn’t tell you what they were. They pretty much sounded the same as the rest of the material. Not that, that was a bad thing necessarily.
 
Of course, they all had the look. They all look matured, for sure. But it didn’t look like a bunch of old geezers up on the stage. They were rockin’ the house. I was glad to see Carlos Cavazo looking and sounding good. He fit in right with the Ratt and Roll show.
 
All in all, it was a great time and it definitely brought me back to a time when we were all about 25 years younger and 25 pounds lighter. If you liked Ratt in the 80’s, you’ll like them today. Check them out if you get the chance.

 





Judas Priest Rocks The Ancient City

 Judas Priest 08/15/09

St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
Words by theronman714
Photos (used by permission) by Mattdaddy @ www.FLmetal.com
 
The Whitesnake/Judas Priest show in St. Augustine August 15, 2009, was probably a disappointment for a handful of fans that were there to see Whitesnake. Lead singer David Coverdale developed vocal cord problems and Whitesnake was forced to cancel the remainder of their U.S. tour, including their stop in St. Aug. Fortunately, I wasn’t one of those disappointed fans. I was there to see and hear Judas Priest.
 
A band called Pop Evil opened the show. I must admit, I had little or no interest in seeing them. I arrived near the end of their set.
 
Judas Priest is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album “British Steel”. To commemerate this milestone, JP played live the “British Steel” album in it’s entirety. They ripped through that set and then blew the audience away with one classic right after another.  Priest favorites including Ripper, Victim Of Changes, and the infamous Joan Baez classic, Diamonds And Rust. They ended the show with You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.
 
The show was unrelenting and the audience showed their appreciation by never letting up. Fists and horns were up and pounding to the beat throughout the entire Amphitheatre. Everyone was standing and yelling, from the front row pit section all the way to the lawn section. No one was sitting. It was a spectacle. The live sound was awesome and the kick drum was vibrating the hair on my arms and legs. Another reviewer likened it to being pelted by apples with every kick. I have to agree.
 
If there were any disappointed Whitesnake fans, you wouldn’t know it. It was standing room only and every fan got their moneys worth leaving the Amphitheatre sweaty and exhausted, just like a metal show should leave you.
 
David who???
Photo Credit: Mattdaddy @ www.FLmetal.com

 

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

Judas Priest at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

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Judas Priest St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09

 

 

 





Richard Cheese Shares Some Chic-fil-A with Orlando

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine
Plaza Theater Orlando, Florida
June 13, 2009

Words/Photos by Theronman714

I was first exposed to Richard Cheese when I saw the “NEW” Dawn of The Dead back in 2004. I heard this swanky, cheesy, Sinatra-esque song that sounded oddly familiar. It was in fact, Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness.” I was hooked!

I’ve included a link to Wikipedia which pretty much explains all of what Richard Cheese is about. His Myspace as well as Youtube will have music that you can hear for yourself. There are a number of CD’s available for purchase on richardcheese.com with such titles as, “I’d Like A Virgin”, “Tuxicity” and “Apertif For Destruction” among others.

In a nutshell, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine are a parody band that turns current and popular rock, pop, metal and rap songs into swanky lounge singer numbers. They have to be heard to be believed!

A Richard Cheese show is most definitely a comedy show but, I want to make it perfectly clear that the musicianship is 100% professional. There are no hacks in this group. Richard Cheese fronts a 3-piece band that consists of a piano player, a bass player and a drummer. A Jazz Trio, if you will. The songs are all played well and the sound was very good.

The music is just one part of the show. Richard Cheese’s interaction with the audience is second to none. He will go from commenting on the size of an audience member’s tits to insulting someone for getting up to go to the bathroom. He spent a great deal of time out in the audience schmoozing the ladies and making fun of the men. He had even brought audience members up on stage at various times.

At one point he came up to me and my wife, my wife had worn her “I Love Dick” shirt and that’s just what she shouted at him, “I Love Dick!” Of course he said that, that was probably something my wife shouldn’t be shouting out loud. He then told me that I should put her head in my lap and put something in her mouth to curb any further outbursts.

At another point in the show, he had the ushers bring in several trays of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A, which were passed out among the audience members in the packed theater.

His show was everything I imagined it would be and more. My sides were killing me from laughing so hard. He played many of his crowd favorites such as “Baby Got Back” and “Down With The Sickness”, as well as a great version of the “Five Dollar Foot Long At Subway” song.

I couldn’t even begin to tell you how long his show lasted. It just flew by, but I’m sure it was at least 90 minutes. Most of his cover songs are right at 2 minutes in length. He played a bunch of them. Unfortunately for me, he didn’t play my favorite Richard Cheese song. Slayer’s “War Ensemble” off of his “I’d Like A Virgin” disc.

The only complaint I had about this show was the lack of a spotlight. The lighting was adequate on stage but Richard needed to have a spotlight on him, especially when he was down in the audience. It was hard to see him out and about in the crowd. Other than that, I couldn’t imagine the show being any better. Richard Cheese even did a meet and greet in the lobby after the show! What a great night it was.

I highly recommend this show to anyone looking for something different. It’s a departure from the typical rock concert. It has something for everyone and you will laugh. Whether you laugh because of the stupidity or the outrageousness of it, you will laugh your ass off. Just one thing, leave the kids at home! It’s an 18 and over show and excessive drinking is encouraged, with proper ID of course!

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